If you go to the New York Times "Best Sellers" list you will find many books by famous people that you wouldn't guess that they could write a lick.
Politicians, evangelist, talk TV/radio heads, all have books on the best sellers list.
The best sellers list is based on "sales" of a particular publication, NOT individual sales but total sales. So when you see a book by Anne Coulter on the list you have to understand that the book is published by a NewsCorp. company. Then a different NewsCorp company automatically buys a million copies. This puts that book on the list.
It is a scam and everybody does it. This means that individuals that write a book, get it published, only get credit for books sold one by one to individuals.
People like Bill O'Reilly, Sean Hannity, Neil Cavuto, Joel Olsteen, Anne Coulter, aren't really producing a "Best Seller". Not like Maya Angelou. One of the worst users of this scam technique has been James Petterson. Sure Patterson writes great stories but to boost his fame and thereby boosting his sales he utilized this scam. It worked. He is now one of the most read authors around.
Rowling never had to resort to such a scam. She wrote Harry Potter and it was wildly popular before any of the Disney movies.
So next time you see that a book has made the "Best Sellers" list, you'll know that it probably ISN'T a "Best Seller"!
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